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Princess of Sylmar Easily Wins the CCA Oaks

After winning the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), Princess of Sylmar is fast becoming the people’s horse.  Principle owner, Ed Stanco of the King of Prussia Stable brought over 100 friends and family to Saratoga for her eighth career start.
 
The cheering began in the paddock when Princess was being saddled and continued as she walked out to the track with jockey Javier Castellano aboard. The shouts of “Princess!” could be heard throughout the track.
 
As expected My Happy Face took the lead right out of the gate and set the early steady and moderate fractions of :24.60, :48.98, and :1:12.24. Cue the Moon and Marathon Lady, who each had only a maiden victory to their credit, tried to stay close to the Princess.
 
In the clubhouse turn Princess began to make her move on the outside, passing horses rather easily. Owner Ed Stanco commented that, “Javier said she went right by on her own. The pace was slow and he kept her back and she just galloped. It was really great.”
 
Coming down the stretch she easily passed My Happy Face and extended her lead to the final margin of six lengths as My Happy Face held on for second.
 
The victory gave Todd Pletcher his fifth win in the CCA Oaks.  His previous four winners were: Devil May Care 2010, Octave 2007, Ashado 2004, and Tweedside 2001.
 
Stanco described the victory, “We won this little race on a Saturday afternoon at this little country track called Saratoga and what a great thing, what a great thing."
 
He also talked about the importance of winning at the Spa. “It’s big. I was thrilled the day we won a maiden race at Saratoga with our New York-bred and here we are. This is really, really a special time.”
 
There was no question that the Princess of Sylmar team was looking for another victory today.  “This is a big, big stepping stone. Everyone said to me is this a prep? And my response to that was, ‘A grade one race is not a prep.’ ”
 
Stanco said that their fan favorite will be at Saratoga later in the summer, “What can I say? This is phenomenal. She is on her way. Todd manages everything, of course. If she comes out well she goes to the Alabama [Aug. 17} and then we’ll finish up at the Cotillion.”
 
The win in the CCA Oaks gives Princess of Sylmar her second grade one stake victory of the year along with the Kentucky Oaks. The 2013 running of the Kentucky Oaks was considered to be one of the strongest fields in many years. These two wins clearly put Princess at the top of the three year-old filly division. 

 

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finish up in the Cotillion?! PLEASE tell me they are sending her to the Ladies' Classic.
  • ekindy · Princess of Sylmar is not nominated for the Breeders Cup. The only way I can see a late nomination (i.e. the owners willing to pay the fees involved) is if she wins both her next races and they decide she has a shot at Horse of the Year honors if she wins the Ladies Classic. But that would assume the boys have no real standout for that honor in late September. · 367 days ago
Princess got a 104 BSF, which is only the third time a 3YO has cracked the 100 level. Dreaming of Julia had the 114 at GP and Close Hatches had a 101 in the Mother Goose.
Stanco meant finish up Breeders' Cup preparation!
She was brilliant today, hopefully it puts an end to some of the nay sayers.
She's the best!

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